Is it worth upgrading my graphics card and ram?

  0liver12 11:51 25 Jan 2015


This is my current spec (bought it around 7-8 years ago)

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 "Energy Efficient SLACR 95W Edition" 2.40GHz (1066FSB) EVGA nForce 680i SLi (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard (122-CK-NF68-A1) Western Digital Caviar SE16 400GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (WD4000AAKS) OCZ GameXStream 700w Silent SLI Ready ATX2 Power Supply OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (4x1GB) PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Dual Channel (OCZ2N1066SR2GK) GeForce 8800 GT x 2 Sli'd 512MB GDDR3 HDTV/Dual DVI (PCI-Express)

Running on Windows Vista Ultimate and a 720p monitor. I'm currently looking for upgrade the ram to 8gb and change the 8800GT's to a Radeon R7 250x or a Nvidia 730GT Gddr5. I am aware that there are also issues with using the R7 250x on a PCI Express 1.1 slot. The machine isn't primary for gaming but using unity and the unreal 4 engine to develop on. (I'm currently experimenting with both)

I'm hoping to spend around £120 (£50-65 on the graphics card and the rest on ddr2 ram) to keep this going for at least another year as I don't have enough money to buy whole new machine.

My question is, is the upgrade worth it? Would there be large increase in performance if I replaced my 8800gt's with one 730gt gddr5?

Thanks, Oli

  wee eddie 12:40 25 Jan 2015

First things first: Assuming that the version of Vista is 32bit, your PD will not be able to access more than 3.2GBb of RAM.

There is little doubt that a new Graphics Card will speed things up, but whether you will find the improvement worth £60 is in the lap of the gods.

My own experience of such an upgrade is that, initially one thinks 'great' but after a few weeks one realises that it has not made much difference. I think that I'd keep the money until W10 comes along.

  0liver12 13:01 25 Jan 2015

Thanks for you reply. My Windows Vista is 64bit.

  martd7 16:04 25 Jan 2015

Some info here comparing the 8800gt to the 730gt

click here

  rtp8™ 10:38 26 Jan 2015

UE4 requires min. DX11 GPU & 8Gb Ram so upgrading to GTX730 & 8GB ram might get you going but UE4 needs Win7/OSX 10.9 or later to run.

Vista is not supported by Unity but if you're studying in college/university then it's not a problem hence you can get a free copy of Windows.

The last thing you've to bear in mind is that because all the hardwares in the system are over 7-8 years old reaching the end of their service life which can fail at any time.

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